We took a look before at the first generation Corsair SP120 fans here, and the 2nd generation with the Corsair SP120 LED as well. The Chinese zodiac might as well add RGB to the list as it seems 2016 is the year of the RGB. The SP120 RGB fans were shown off at Computex 2016 in June, and Corsair officially announced and released them to coincide with PAX West. These are part of a larger RGB family of new products, including another series of RGB fans that will be covered soon, and are really meant to appease the aesthetic preferences of customers rather than pure performance or noise, where their new ML120 and ML140 fans are targeted instead. So let’s thank Corsair for sending samples for this review and get on with it.
The SP120 RGB fans come in 3 SKUs- a single fan, a single fan w/controller, a three pack of fans w/controller. I requested a three pack w/controller to get some sample to sample variation tested as well as using the controller to show off the lighting effects. That aside, there is nothing different about the fans themselves. Here’s a look at the specs from the product page:
The SP120 RGB fans are 3 pin, voltage control fans. So if you need PWM control, look elsewhere- their own ML series comes with PWM control and if you need more lighting customization then a step up to the HD120 RGB fans should be considered. Voltage control is still more easily accessible on motherboards even to this day, however, so I am glad that there are a few 3-pin voltage control fan options coming out as well. The SP120 RGB fan is rated at 1400 RPM (+/- 10%) putting it in line with the SP120 Quiet Edition as well as the SP120 LED fans in terms of rated performance and noise levels. These use a hydraulic bearing, although it is unclear if this is a true FDB or not. The 2 year warranty is disappointing though, and I would definitely want to see this improved to 3 years at the minimum. These are standard 25 mm thick, 120 x 120 mm fans and with a “Static Pressure” flow type rating, I imagine Corsair intends for these to be used with their Hydro series of liquid coolers as well. So let’s take a look at the fans on the next page.